Sunday, 14 September 2014

Make Modern Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Make Modern Magazine Blog Hop!  Make modern is a new online magazine from Australia, with patterns and articles for Modern quilters.  Lara, Jane (Where Jane Creates) and Kirsty (Quiet Play) have put together a great first issue and today I get to show you my contribution to the magazine.  

This is Storybook, a quilt pattern using pre-cuts to make a colour block quilt.

This was my first time using a brushed cotton and even though you can't see it in the quilt it is super soft (a little like flannel) and perfect for a baby quilt.

I used 2 charm packs of Storybook by Kate & Birdie for Moda for this very quick to piece baby quilt. My cousins in Chicago have just had a baby girl so I may just have to make another one!

As this was also my first pattern published in a magazine I asked my friend and fellow Just Threads (Sewing group) member Paula Rafferty if she would like to quilt it for me on her longarm.  She did a fantastic job quilting the cow jumping over the moon (keeping with the storybook theme!)  I love it to bits!

I think Teddy does too!  Not having any kids ourselves (just the 2 dogs!) I used this teddy bear as my model!

One of the things we were asked to think about, when writing our patterns, was to include options so things can be changed up a bit and add a bit more value for the readers.

I scaled my pattern up to a layer cake to make a bed sized quilt for my mum.  Since I began quilting, I've not made a proper bed quilt for my mum.  She has 'borrowed' 2 pieced cushions, a mini-quilt and I am under orders to make her a Christmas table runner but no proper big quilt.  Feeling a bit guilty about that I thought this was a good opportunity to finally make her something for the winter.

This version of the pattern uses 2 layer cakes and the layout is included in Make Modern with the baby quilt above.  The fabric used is from the Limerick Quilt Centre and is called Table for Two.

Photographing this was a little tricky.  It was quite windy so Gordon had to stand on the tripod legs to keep this from blowing over while I grabbed a photo.  It blew down 3 times and we got some funny smiles from the neighbours walking across the green with a bed quilt draped over a photo stand!

The back was made with a a panel pieced horizontally and I quilted this on my home machine using a wiggle stipple.  I just have to label it and then it'll be on it way to mum this week!

If you would like to see more of Make Modern there is a preview here on Issuu and if you would like to buy the first issue or subscribe you can do so here on the Make Modern website.  The Make Modern blog is worth having a look at with many guest posts and interviews with the contributors.  

The blog hop is continuing throughout September and there is more to see on the following:

1st September                   Make Modern
3rd September                   Kristy @ Quiet Play
5th September                   Where Jane Creates
7th September                   Gina @ Party of Eight: Our Story
9th September                   Molli Sparkles
11th September                 Juliet @ The Tartan Kiwi
13th September                 cat&vee
15th September                 Ruth @ Ben and Charly’s corner
17th September                 Kelly @ Kelliotmagic
19th September                 Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
21st September                 Serena @ Sew Giving
23rd September                 Melissa @ Ms Midge
25th September                 Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts


  1. Congratulations on having your pattern in print. I like your mom's version. I bet she does too.

    1. Hi Lisa, mum has seen it as a wip but not finished yet. I'm giving it to her this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing it laid out on her bed!

  2. They are both beautiful! How fun to have them in a magazine.

  3. Both lovely quilts. Love the quilting on the baby quilt. Congratulations on having your pattern printed. Hope it generates lots of traffic you your blog :)

  4. So glad to have you in our first issue! The layer cake version looks fabulous too!

  5. What a great first pattern and I love that it can be made with either charms or a layer cake! When I need a baby quilt I would love to give your pattern a go!

  6. Congratulations on the publication! Beautiful quilts, and I like how you scaled up the pattern for a larger size. I bet your mom really appreciates the quilt!

  7. I'm going to try your pattern and make some loooong overdue cushion covers :)

  8. love the baby version, but really really love the bed size version. Those colors just look so good together.

  9. both are beautiful. love quilting too.

  10. Well done on your publication . Both quilts are great but I particularly like the one for your mum . Bet she loves it

  11. Love your quilts, and I really like how you modified the pattern to fit different sized pre-cuts. I think my new pet-peeve is patterns that come in one size. You definitely expanded my expectations to also include different pre-cuts. This is just GENIUS! Going to cheek out the magazine.


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